24:25. They that rebuke him shall be praised: and a blessing shall come upon them.
24:26. He shall kiss the lips, who answereth right words.
24:27. Prepare thy work without, and diligently till thy ground: that afterward thou mayst build thy house.
24:28. Be not witness without cause against thy neighbour: and deceive not any man with thy lips.
24:29. Say not: I will do to him as he hath done to me: I will render to every one according to his work.
24:30. I passed by the field of the slothful man, and by the vineyard of the foolish man:
24:31. And behold it was all filled with nettles, and thorns had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall was broken down.
24:32. Which when I had seen, I laid it up in my heart, and by the example I received instruction.
24:33. Thou wilt sleep a little, said I, thou wilt slumber a little, thou wilt fold thy hands a little to rest.
24:34. And poverty shall come to thee as a runner, and beggary as an armed man.
Proverbs Chapter 25
25:1. These are also parables of Solomon, which the men of Ezechias, king of Juda, copied out.
25:2. It is the glory of God to conceal the word, and the glory of kings to search out the speech.
25:3. The heaven above and the earth beneath, and the heart of kings is unsearchable.
25:4. Take away the rust from silver, and there shall come forth a most pure vessel:
25:5. Take away wickedness from the face of the king, and his throne shall be established with justice.
25:6. Appear not glorious before the king, and stand not in the place of great men.
25:7. For it is better that it should be said to thee: Come up hither; than that thou shouldst be humbled before the prince.
25:8. The things which thy eyes have seen, utter not hastily in a quarrel: lest afterward thou mayst not be able to make amends, when thou hast dishonoured thy friend.
25:9. Treat thy cause with thy friend, and discover not the secret to a stranger:
25:10. Lest he insult over thee, when he hath heard it, and cease not to upbraid thee. Grace and friendship deliver a man: keep these for thyself, lest thou fall under reproach.
25:11. To speak a word in due time, is like apples of gold on beds of silver.
25:12. As an earring of gold and a bright pearl, so is he that reproveth the wise, and the obedient ear.
25:13. As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to him that sent him, for he refresheth his soul.
25:14. As clouds, and wind, when no rain followeth, so is the man that boasteth, and doth not fulfil his promises.
25:15. By patience a prince shall be appeased, and a soft tongue shall break hardness.
25:16. Thou hast found honey, eat what is sufficient for thee, lest being glutted therewith thou vomit it up.
25:17. Withdraw thy foot from the house of thy neighbour, lest having his fill he hate thee.
25:18. A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour, is like a dart and a sword and a sharp arrow.
25:19. To trust in an unfaithful man in the time of trouble, is like a rotten tooth, and weary foot,
25:20. And one that looseth his garment in cold weather. As vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to a very evil heart. As a moth doth by a garment, and a worm by the wood: so the sadness of a man consumeth the heart.
25:21. If thy enemy be hungry, give him to eat: if he thirst, give him water to drink:
25:22. For thou shalt heap hot coals upon his head, and the Lord will reward thee.
25:23. The north wind driveth away rain, as doth a sad countenance a backbiting tongue.
25:24. It is better to sit in a corner of the housetop: than with a brawling woman, and in a common house.
25:25. As cold water to a thirsty soul, so are good tidings from a far country.
25:26. A just man falling down before the wicked, is as a fountain troubled with the foot and a corrupted spring.
25:27. As it is not good for a man to eat much honey, so he that is a searcher of majesty shall be overwhelmed by glory.
Majesty... Viz., of God. For to search into that incomprehensible Majesty, and to pretend to sound the depths of the wisdom of God, is exposing our weak understanding to be blinded with an excess of light and glory, which it cannot comprehend.
25:28. As a city that lieth open and is not compassed with walls, so is a man that cannot refrain his own spirit in speaking.
Proverbs Chapter 26
26:1. As snow in summer, and rain in harvest, so glory is not seemly for a fool.
26:2. As a bird flying to other places, and a sparrow going here or there: so a curse uttered without cause shall come upon a man.
As a bird, etc... The meaning is, that a curse uttered without cause shall do no harm to the person that is cursed, but will return upon him that curseth, as whithersoever a bird flies, it returns to its own nest.
26:3. A whip for a horse, and a snaffle for an ass, and a rod for the back of fools.
26:4. Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou be made like him.
Answer not a fool, etc... Viz., so as to imitate him but only so as to reprove his folly.
26:5. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he imagine himself to be wise.
26:6. He that sendeth words by a foolish messenger, is lame of feet and drinketh iniquity.
26:7. As a lame man hath fair legs in vain: so a parable is unseemly in the mouth of fools.